10 Interesting Psychological Facts About Love
While folks still insist that love is a purely emotional activity, the scientific community has found in the last few years that it is more than just that. They have found that love can be pretty similar to a chemical reaction at times, and that it is not necessarily a choice whether we fall in love with certain people or not. Just like chemical reactions, there are a combination of indicators we can and can’t see in the process. Some of these indicators are actually chemical reactions themselves, as the body releases chemicals or moderates itself for loss of chemicals. Here are ten psychological facts about love that may alter how you look at someone next time they tell you they’re in love.
Sometimes love can cause people to do things they might not otherwise, like these outrageously creative wedding proposals. There might be a few interesting ideas for those of you considering proposing to your loved ones anytime soon.
Love will, literally, make you crazy.
When you fall in love, you trigger a number of chemical reactions in your body. The serotonin levels in the brain drop, which leads to obsessive behavior – low levels of serotonin is common in those with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cortisol production is increased, leading to high blood pressure and lack of sleep, causing stress on the body. Finally, circuits in the brain that are in charge of social judgment are suppressed, leading to the inability to block socially inacceptable behavior. All of this translates to a new level of crazy.
Blushing is attractive, and you can’t stop it from happening.
It has long been known that rosy cheeks reflect health and virility. Scientists from Stirling University in Great Britain have found that rosy cheeks, particularly those from blushing, are attractive to men. This is reflected in other primates, who tend to prefer mates with red faces. This is mainly a survival skill, as paleness is often linked with being sick, and mating with sick members of the species would often lead to the inability to procreate and keep the bloodline going.